Microsoft Applies For Patent On Bing Destination Maps, API For Software Updates And More

APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE FOR IDENTIFYING, DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING APPLICABLE SOFTWARE UPDATES:

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An application programming interface (API) provides a set of functions for application developers to build software programs that automatically detect, download, and install desired software updates.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BINDING A SUBSCRIPTION-BASED COMPUTING SYSTEM TO AN INTERNET SERVICE

A system for binding a subscription-based computer to an internet service provider (ISP) may include a binding module and a security module residing on the computer. The binding module may identify and authenticate configuration data from peripheral devices that attempt to connect to the computer, encrypt any requests for data from the computer to the ISP, and decrypt responses from the ISP. If the binding module is able to authenticate the configuration data and the response to the request for data from the ISP, then the security module may allow the communication between the computer and the ISP. However, if either the configuration cycle or the response cannot be properly verified, then the security module may degrade operation of the computer.

CLIENT APPLICATION AND WEB PAGE INTEGRATION

Application integration may be provided. A first application may be executed on a client computer. The first application may connect to a second application, such as a browser-based application. The first application may identify at least one functionality associated with the second application and display a user interface element associated with the at least one functionality within the first application.

Destination Maps User Interface

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A user interface is presented via which user inputs can be received and maps can be displayed. A user selection of a destination and a user specification of a region of interest on a map are received. The region of interest surrounds the destination on the map. In response to receiving the user specification of the region of interest, a destination map is displayed via the user interface. The destination map includes both the destination and the region of interest, and a layout of one or more roads that include one or more routes to the destination at multiple different scales.

ZOOM DISPLAY NAVIGATION

Zoom display navigation is described. In embodiments, a client device renders media content with a rendering system. A focus window is generated to display a section of the media content in the focus window that maintains a display resolution quality of the media content when the media content is displayed at a zoomed magnification level. Responsive to a navigation input, the focus window can be repositioned to a different section of the media content and/or the focus window can be zoomed to a different magnification level.

There are several others related to tabs in apps, image capture through sensor device, recognizing text in OCR, etc,.

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